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RASAD IS AN ICT PLATFORM THAT ENABLES REMOTE MONITORING. IT EMPLOYS A VARIETY OF SENSORS THAT COLLECT DATA AND ACCURATELY TRANSMIT IT OVER WIRELESS OR WIRED NETWORKS TO A CENTRAL SERVER, WHERE IT IS PROCESSED, PROVIDING REAL- TIME CUSTOMIZED GRAPHICAL INTERFACES AND SERVICES. THE RASAD PLATFORM SERVES A WIDE ARRAY OF INDUSTRIES AND PURPOSES, INCLUDING HEALTHCARE, SPORT AND LIFESTYLE, AND WORKPLACE SAFETY.


& QHow does remote monitoring work?


ARemote monitoring encompasses a wide range of services that use electronic and telecommunications technologies to provide services over a geographic distance. The RASAD platform uses several core components: Ö sensor technology (provided by third parties) to capture data in real time Ö Wireless Gateway Node, the unique software algorithm that plays the role of a gateway connecting the sensor and relays the data to the Cloud Application Server, ensuring that there is no data lost between the sensors and the platform Ö Cloud Application Server, the server application, which is responsible for collecting data from the sensor and provides web services for real-time monitoring of the data being collected Ö Web User Interface, the interface through which all types of users can interact with the RASAD platform Ö alerts: RASAD incorporates a flexible and extensible alerts sub-system; alerts can be sent through multiple channels including email, SMS and voice.


QWhat industries can benefit from remote monitoring?


AThe RASAD platform can connect with any sensor, be it medical, physiological or industrial, that has wireless


capabilities. Consequently, many industries can benefit from remote monitoring. To date, RASAD has been working mainly with healthcare providers, for both clinical uses and home health care, but also with professional sporting teams, oil and gas, airlines, ground transportation and aluminum companies. Remote monitoring can be translated to most situations where data needs to be sent safely and securely from both centralized and remote locations.


QHow has RASAD has benefited organizations?


ARASAD’s first major project outside Qatar is with Rome City Council. The council uses RASAD to advance personalized medicine for its citizens. Together with Sant’Andrea Hospital and University La Sapienza, RASAD is being used to assess physical activity in primary schools with a view to changing physical education curriculum; to remotely monitor cardiac and diabetes patients; and to assess the stress and fatigue of council employees involved in manual jobs. In Qatar, RASAD is being employed by an aluminum smelter to provide real-time feedback on the core body temperature of the workers in the flume, with alarms being sent to the worker and a central control area to remove themselves from the work space. Utilizing remote monitoring solutions such as RASAD has been regularly shown in research trials to improve the clinical management of chronic diseases, especially diabetes mellitus and congestive heart failure. For diabetes patients, remote monitoring has been shown to enhance adherence to self-monitoring, which is essential in achieving glycemic control. As well as improving patient knowledge about controlling their disease, remote monitoring can enhance the patient-physician relationship. This combines to reduce the number of hospital-based consultations. Similarly with congestive heart failure (CHF), where, recent clinical trials have shown that remote monitoring can help extend lives and improve quality of life.


QCan security and accuracy be guaranteed?


APlatforms such as RASAD are dependent upon the accuracy of the data being collected by the various sensors being connected to them. All medical devices utilized by RASAD have FDA approval and all the non-medical IT devices are CE-approved. RASAD closely monitors the updates provided by the FDA on any third-party sensors. The RASAD platform uses DES-2 military-standard data encryption to ensure data security, while the platform’s inbuilt fall tolerance technology ensures that no collected data is lost in transmission.


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